Melting glacial ice in Norway revealed a tunic dating from AD 230 to AD 390.

Reconstructing the Tunic from Lendbreen in Norway. Archaeological T....

There are many steps in the production chain of a tunic: ”from harvesting the wool through spinning, weaving, cutting to sewing. It was a very time-consuming process. The wool used in the original yarn contains a mix of finer and coarser fibres (sic) and some very coarse fibres, possibly kemp, but the length of the fibres or how the original fleeces were composed before sorting is not known. This makes it hard to tell how much time was spent on sorting, fibre separation, teasing and combing before the actual spinning. The yarns in the original tunic have an even appearance, which could indicate that the wool was combed before spinning. A combed fibre material would reduce the tools used, and the knowledge and skills of the people producing the textiles. It must still have been a very time-consuming task to produce a textile. This applies to everyday fabrics as well as to the most valuable ones.”

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